easyJet, Europe`s number one low cost airline, today announces that it will establish a new base at Newcastle, bringing a range of low fare destinations to the North East region for the first time.
In April 2003, easyJet will start flying to three European cities direct from Newcastle International Airport, in addition to the Newcastle-London route currently flown by Go.
easyJet will start with two aircraft based at the airport, with more scheduled to be added as the route network is increased.
Newcastle is the first new base to be announced since the integration of Go into easyJet created the largest low cost airline in Europe. This base fills a gap in easyJet`s otherwise comprehensive coverage of the UK.
Ed Winter, director of easyJet, says: “There were a number of options for the location of our next base. Our experience in Newcastle with Go shows that there is massive demand for low fares, and the current airlines serving the North East are not giving travellers enough choice.
“We are going to bring thousands of low fares on a range of direct flights which, for the first time, makes travelling to Europe cheap, quick and hassle-free.”
This announcement follows a period of negotiation between Newcastle International Airport and easyJet, which builds on the relationship established by Go.
Ed Winter says: “The airport management recognised the value easyJet can bring to the region. Our track record at other airports around the UK clearly demonstrates the benefits brought by a well established low cost airline, and we`re delighted to be bringing Europe`s number one to the North East.”
The first easyJet routes from Newcastle will be announced in the coming weeks. Customers wishing to be among the first to learn the details of destinations, fares and special offers should register for easyJet email updates by visiting easyJet.com and clicking on “register”.
Go has operated the Newcastle-London Stansted route since November 2001, and is increasing the frequency of service to four times daily from 28 October.
easyJet completed the purchase of Go on 31 July 2002, creating Europe`s number one low cost airline. Since then, a process of integrating the operations has been underway, preparing for the phasing out of the Go brand.